Today I am going to chat about one of the most neglected rooms in our entire home... the kitchen. Kitchens are tough, aren’t they? They need to be functional, and it’s really a great added bonus if they are pretty too! Well, ours is definitely not pretty, but it’s functioning decently... for the time being. When we first moved in, I wasn’t overly worried about this space, because it was clean... that is of great importance to me! If it was a dirty kitchen, this post would be going very differently! I also knew, along with the other rooms in our home, that I really wanted to use the space in it’s current state for awhile before we decided what to do with it... to see what functioned best for us. There were a LOT, and I mean a LOT of conversations about this kitchen. We knew for a fact that the appliances had to go... they had to. Not only were they very old, they were hideous too. When was almond ever a good color for appliances? Whose idea was that? With that being said, for the time being, they worked... they functioned, so we left them. Not for long though!
We were walking through a local furniture store one day about a month or so after we had moved in, and we were actually looking for sofa ideas when we noticed that they were having a rather large sale on appliances. Why not just have a look, right? Well, window shopping quickly turned into purchasing... the next day we finalized the purchase. We went with a “white stainless” look, called "White Ice". I like white. I know a lot of people may think I’m slightly crazy, but I do. I think it’s timeless. Don’t get me wrong... I love stainless too, but I am stubborn and like to be different, so we went with white stainless. It’s white, but it’s got the sheen of stainless, and the handles are all stainless which makes them look a touch more high end. We purchased everything, fridge, stove (double oven), dishwasher and even range hood/microwave as we currently did not have a range hood and that drove me insane.
I have to back track for one second here. In the short evening between our window shopping and our purchase, we obviously went home and measured everything to make sure that they would all fit. We knew that the fridge would be tight, but what we sort of failed to realize was just how small our current fridge was. I mean it was small. So the conversation went from replacing appliances, to removing cabinets to accommodate a new appliance, to wow that’s ugly. Where am I going with this? Well in order to fit the fridge, we had to remove the upper cabinets above the fridge; we needed at least 5 more inches for a normal size fridge to fit! So, the cabinets came down and we were left with a hideous yellow portion of the wall exposed amongst green paint. Then since those cabinets were attached to a wood valance that was above the window, we removed that as well.
Now keep in mind, at this point we literally had only discussed replacing the appliances in this kitchen. No other renovations were really on our radar yet!
After the appliances were installed, later that evening we decided to try and install the microwave/range hood. Well that was a quick fail... the unit was about a ½” too wide for the space and with small cabinets above the stove too, the range hood/microwave would have hung down far too low. SO, a new conversation arose. I believe it started like so.... “this kitchen sucks”, and from there, I tried to look on the bright side. We talked about just taking out the two cabinets above the stove and then painting out the cabinets and replacing the countertop. The cabinets are in good shape, they are just tired... especially the inside. They are oak so they are durable, but they are definitely tired. And the orange inserts in the corner cabinets? What is that about? Really? Orange was the best you could come up with? Clear was not an option??? Anyway, they would need paint, inside and out, and they would need new hardware and obviously new inserts for the corner cabinets. And the countertop? Get ready for this... it’s laminate flooring on top of a wood base. That’s right... I said that our countertops are laminate flooring, oh and the backsplash is too! The best part? Because it has a pink tone to it, when we turn on the under cabinet lights, the lighting looks pink!!! HA! It just keeps getting better, am I right? SO, after much deliberation and figuring out just how much time and effort it would take us to do all of this work, we decided that maybe we should look into a new kitchen...
This all occurred within the span of about 3 months? In that three month span, we had bought a house, Got married and had a few parties, so we were well aware of how we were using the kitchen and it was just not working for us at all, and I was getting very tired of staring at a half yellow, half green wall, with pinkish laminate countertops! One day, a few weeks after the wedding, we got a flyer in the mail for IKEA...they were having a “kitchen event”. For every $1000.00 you spent on a kitchen, you got $200.00 back in gift cards. Hmmmmm... sounded pretty good! We thought about it for a few days and decided that if we were ever going to renovate our kitchen, it should be now... because we had the money to do so and we would likely never do it if we didn’t just do it now. So off to IKEA we went! We spent an evening looking over each kitchen they had on display, trying to figure out what we wanted and what we could afford. We (and by we, i mean Steve) then sat down and learned how to design our kitchen with the IKEA kitchen designing software (while I wandered around trying to figure out how to spend the money we were going to get back in gift cards)!! It took us about a week to make all the measurements, place the kitchen where we wanted it, pick out what kind of cabinets we wanted (drawers or doors), and finalize what it was going to look like. Then we headed back to IKEA, printed off our design and they ordered everything up for us! It really was pretty simple! It definitely helps that Steve has worked with AUTOCAD for a good portion of his adult life, so the design and measure part was a bit easier for him. It took us three different trips to IKEA to pick up all the boxes that were needed for our kitchen design, and they have sat in our basement ever since... so for about 7 months now. UNTIL A FEW OF DAYS AGO!!!!
I had a couple of girlfriends over (thank you Meaghan and Josee!!!!) and we had a cabinet making party on a Sunday afternoon. It was so EASY! It only took us about 3 hours to put every cabinet together. And now it is Steve’s turn... demo and install!! I will discuss in another post our actual plans for the new kitchen... all the fun design elements! The best part of whole project!